Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Gravestone

by Arnold Schwartzman | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0810933772 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 6/14/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, June 14, 2018
This hardcover is one book found in six boxes of books that were donated to me for rehoming by a long-time friend who recently moved to Staunton, Virginia, USA. This book is earmarked for the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720). Thank you very much!

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, October 04, 2018
This is such an interesting book! I never gave much thought to Jewish gravestones or what was on them other than the Hebrew names of the deceased plus the birth and death dates.

This book is about the Jewish prohibition on graven images (the second commandment) and how gravestone craftsmen somehow didn't quite follow that commandment. The book goes on to describe and show in color photographs of these "graven images" from gravestones, both Ashkenazic and Sephardic, in several European countries. Each symbol is explained with a biblical quote and then followed by a more detailed and specific explanation.

The most disturbing picture of the book was of a wall built by non-Jewish students from 15th- and 16th-century gravestones desecrated during World War II. It just served to remind me that gravestone desecration in Jewish cemeteries is not simply a happening of the distant past.

I'm releasing this book for...

*** The 2020 You're Such an Animal Release Challenge hosted by Secretariat. The book's title includes the word RAVEN.


Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, September 25, 2020
I pulled this book from the shelf of the Little Free LIbrary of Twinbrook (#7720) because I received a request for it.

Journal Entry 5 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, September 25, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (9/25/2020 UTC) at Rockville, Maryland USA


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Journal Entry 6 by wingSqnutZipswing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, October 01, 2020
Thank You Squeaky for saving this book for me. I have always had an interest in graveyards and especially in gravestones.

Journal Entry 7 by wingSqnutZipswing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Planning to release this book sometime this week to one of the LFL's at Brookside Gardens.

Journal Entry 8 by wingSqnutZipswing at Little Free Library at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland USA on Thursday, October 29, 2020

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